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TITLE
Duncan and Neil Macpherson, Plockton
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_PHOTO_01266
PLACENAME
Plockton
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
13142
KEYWORDS
village
Plockton
pharmacist
landscape
agriculture
school
Duncan and Neil Macpherson, Plockton

Kyle pharmacist and keen photographer Duncan Macpherson, is pictured here at the viewpoint on Creag nan Garadh with his son Neil. The village of Plockton lies below with Loch Carron and the hills of the Applecross peninsula behind. Macpherson used the photograph in his book Lure of the West, published in 1950, with the title "Plockton from the Heights". He notes "Beneath stretched the beautiful village curving round the shore. In the background were cultivated fields, and in the distance beyond the loch, the great forest of Applecross. Far below, looking like the product of a meccano toy set, stood the school buildings." The larger building on the lower left of the photograph is Plockton Higher Grade School.

From a young age, Neil appeared in many of his father's photographs as he often accompanied him on excursions in the area. Neil was born in 1919 and brought up in Kyle, but was tragically killed in 1944 as the result of an accident at just 24 years of age, while serving in the 16th Army Ordnance Depot in Kent.

Duncan Macpherson was born on 24 May 1882 at Glenquithel in Aberdeenshire, one of 5 children. After graduating as a pharmacist, gaining experience in various parts of England and working for several seasons at the spa in Strathpeffer, he settled in Kyle of Lochalsh in 1911. His father was originally from Glenelg, and Duncan felt an affinity with the west. He set up a pharmacy close to the ferry jetty in Kyle, and also pursued his great interest in photography, spending much of his free time travelling around the area recording landscapes and scenes of everyday life in the Kyle community. Duncan married Margaret Maciver, a local girl, and they had a daughter Mary and a son Neil.

Duncan also found time to write and publish three books, 'Gateway to Skye' in 1946, 'Lure of the West' in 1950 and 'Where I Belong' in 1964. He produced postcards from some of his photographs and, from 1927 to 1960, published a Vest Pocket Guide to Skye and Lochalsh. He died at the age of 84 in 1966.


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Duncan and Neil Macpherson, Plockton

ROSS: Lochalsh

1930s

village; Plockton; pharmacist; landscape; agriculture; school

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

Kyle pharmacist and keen photographer Duncan Macpherson, is pictured here at the viewpoint on Creag nan Garadh with his son Neil. The village of Plockton lies below with Loch Carron and the hills of the Applecross peninsula behind. Macpherson used the photograph in his book Lure of the West, published in 1950, with the title "Plockton from the Heights". He notes "Beneath stretched the beautiful village curving round the shore. In the background were cultivated fields, and in the distance beyond the loch, the great forest of Applecross. Far below, looking like the product of a meccano toy set, stood the school buildings." The larger building on the lower left of the photograph is Plockton Higher Grade School.<br /> <br /> From a young age, Neil appeared in many of his father's photographs as he often accompanied him on excursions in the area. Neil was born in 1919 and brought up in Kyle, but was tragically killed in 1944 as the result of an accident at just 24 years of age, while serving in the 16th Army Ordnance Depot in Kent. <br /> <br /> Duncan Macpherson was born on 24 May 1882 at Glenquithel in Aberdeenshire, one of 5 children. After graduating as a pharmacist, gaining experience in various parts of England and working for several seasons at the spa in Strathpeffer, he settled in Kyle of Lochalsh in 1911. His father was originally from Glenelg, and Duncan felt an affinity with the west. He set up a pharmacy close to the ferry jetty in Kyle, and also pursued his great interest in photography, spending much of his free time travelling around the area recording landscapes and scenes of everyday life in the Kyle community. Duncan married Margaret Maciver, a local girl, and they had a daughter Mary and a son Neil. <br /> <br /> Duncan also found time to write and publish three books, 'Gateway to Skye' in 1946, 'Lure of the West' in 1950 and 'Where I Belong' in 1964. He produced postcards from some of his photographs and, from 1927 to 1960, published a Vest Pocket Guide to Skye and Lochalsh. He died at the age of 84 in 1966. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />